Instacane, a website that aggregates images posted to Instagram with hashtags related to Hurricane Sandy, is back up and running. Created last year by New York Times R&D software architect Peter Ng and now-Facebook engineer Chris Ackermann to chronicle images of Hurricane Irene, it’s been flooded once more by people snapping their way through Hurricane Sandy. The site has quickly become a visual portfolio of a dangerous hurricane that’s said to be barreling straight for New York and New Jersey.
Photos of an apocalyptic Gotham-style sky looming above New York’s skyscrapers are juxtaposed with pics of good-humored folks mugging for the camera next to empty water bottle aisles. It’s a pretty holistic portrait of East Coasters preparing for a superstorm.
Click through the slideshow for some of our favorite images.
"The calm before the storm. #sandy #hurricane"
NYC. Photo by @ivankatrump
"Taxis still out in full force, in and out of the gas station. #nyc #sandy"
NYC. Photo by @simsjames
"All set for #sandy"
Photo by @predator24
"soo much waterrr #hurricane #sandy #amityharbor"
Amity Harbor. Photo by @graceblackler
Photo by @dustinwtff
"Seaside heights boardwalk at 8 this morning #sandy"
Seaside Heights, NJ. Photo by @monicamaione
"NYT delivery guy don't care about no mandatory evacuation #sandy"
Photo by @cmckittrick
"AccuWeather meteorologists discussing Hurricane #Sandy."
Photo by @megewx
"Business in Delaware dares the #Superstorm #Sandy"
Delaware. Photo by @pdoocy
"Most devastating pic I've seen so far. Up to the top of the sea wall. Very scared for OC"
Ocean City, MD. Photo by @the_hein_line
"Asbury Park, NJ at 8.22a EDT. Waves already up to the boardwalk. #instacane #sandy"
Asbury Park, NJ. Photo by @chrisackermann
"NY Stock Exchange.... Closed?!?....#Sandy #priceless #NY"
NYC. Photo by @irockvintage
"Boarded up" #gowanus #sandy #instacane
NYC. Photo by @wesleyverhoeve
"Choppy East River starting to flood the promenade. #nofilter #newyork #nyc #sandy #frankenstorm"
NYC. Photo by @mikebarish
NYC looks positively post-apocalyptic.